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Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC, in Brunswick. Royal Rose produces MOFGA certified organic simple syrups in various flavors, including cardamom-clove, lavender-lemon, raspberry, rose, tamarind and three chile. They sell through mail order, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops, supermarkets and distributors. Royal Rose Three Chiles Syrup was among 146 products chosen from 1,462 entrants to win a national 2015 Good Food Award for leading the way toward a tasty, authentic and responsible food system (winners shown here). "We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda," say Emily and Forrest. Follow Royal Rose Syrups at royalrosesyrups.com and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Liquid gold: Farmers in Nepal find resourceful way to fertilize crops
Environmental Health News - 12/17/2012.
By Smriti Mallapaty – An ecosan – ecological sanitation – toilet separates urine from feces so that the urine can be used to fertilize crops. The Dzi Foundation and a local non-governmental organization started a project last year to build over 1,000 toilets for the nearly 6,500 residents of a village in Nepal’s district of Solukhumbu.
Labs Could Contaminate Rivers With Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Chemical & Engineering News - 12/17/2012.
By Deirdre Lockwood – Researchers report that antibiotic resistance genes used in molecular biology and genetic engineering experiments may have reached the environment. In six Chinese rivers, researchers found bacterial DNA carrying these synthetic genes. Still experts call for more studies to confirm the results and pinpoint specific sources of the genes.
"Peak farmland" is here, crop area to diminish: study
Reuters - 12/17/2012.
By Alister Doyle – The amount of land needed to grow crops worldwide is at a peak, and a geographical area more than twice the size of France will be able to return to its natural state by 2060 as a result of rising yields and slower population growth, a group of experts said on Monday.
The Hobbit's Unexpected Vegetable Garden
Treehugger - 12/17/2012.
 By Ramon Gonzalez – Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had a record-setting opening weekend at the box office. The film grossed $84.8 million over its first three days in theaters. As a gardener I’m more impressed with the fact that The Shire film set for The Hobbit movie is home to a year-round, working vegetable garden.
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